Atlantic Yards Report attended a community forum last night about rodent infestation near the arena construction site and reports that though only a “handful” of residents were in attendance, those who were there said they were concerned about rat problems continuing. A resident who lives on Pacific Street between 4th Avenue and Flatbush said “you have to walk shaking your keys” in the evening in order to ward off rodents. (In June some residents alleged that there’s a “rat tsunami” near the site.) The city maintains that blame for the infestation can’t be pinned solely on Atlantic Yards construction. A state official noted that Forest City Ratner “had not been properly disposing of trash, but had since improved performance by hiring new staff and dedicating baskets for food waste.” Meanwhile, a Forest City Ratner rep said 250 garbage cans had been given out to residents in order to try to contain waste in the area.
At Meeting on Rats, Recognition That the Multi-Faceted Problem Persists [AY Report]
A school bus carrying children overturned when a green cab hit it yesterday afternoon at the corner of Halsey and Marcy in Bed Stuy, a reader who sent in these photos told us. Six children and three adults went to Woodhull Hospital. One had serious but not life threatening injuries, according to The New York […]
Brooklyn is among the areas hardest hit by a steep rise in housing costs in New York State, a report from the New York State comptroller found. From 2000 to 2012, statewide the percentage of renters paying more than 30 percent of their incomes to housing rose to 50.6 percent from 40.5 percent, while the […]
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Coney Island’s Luna Park held a ground breaking ceremony today, above, for a big new roller coaster called the Thunderbolt. The coaster, which is scheduled to open May 22, will be the first at the beachside amusement park since 1910 to include a loop, The Wall Street Journal reported. The ride will go as fast as […]